Journalists began calling for more limits on the Second Amendment immediately after the Newtown shootings last December. According to the Media Research Center, in the month that followed, ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast 216 gun policy stories on their evening news and morning shows.
Poor TriMet. Being forced against their will to permit free speech.
Oh, the Portland, Oregon, public transit agency supports free speech. I know because they said so. They just desperately want for it to happen some place else. Because, you know, free speech can get messy. Just like democracy. And God forbid that life should get messy for the good folks at TriMet. (Well, any messier than it already is.)
After a six-hour hearing, he was acquitted of the capital charge of apostasy, convicted instead of evangelizing Muslims, and sentenced to three years in prison. He was then released on time served. (Nadarkhani was originally arrested in October, 2009, for protesting the government’s decision to force all children, including his, to study the Quran in school.)
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Iranian government didn’t let the grass grow under their feet. Nadarkhani’s attorney, renowned human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, was arrested last week.
According to a new Gallup poll last month, 60% of Americans now have “little or no trust” in the media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.”
But yellow journalism is hardly a 21st-century phenomenon. And the internet allows us to just bypass the mainstream media altogether. So, while media bias is an annoyance, it’s hardly the worst problem confronting us these days.
Not so fast, says political pollster and consultant Pat Caddell.
Sunken Road, Sharpsburg (Alexander Gardner, Library of Congress)
When it comes to pivotal battles of the Civil War, Gettysburg gets most of the press. But before Gettysburg, there was Sharpsburg.
That’s if you’re from the South–which I am. If you’re from the North, it’s Antietam. (Confederate General D. H. Hill once suggested that Confederate farmer boys tended to be impressed by towns and other human-made things; Union city boys, by some natural landmark. For whatever reason, well over a dozen Civil War battles have dual names. This battle was fought just east of Sharpsburg, Maryland, by Antietam Creek.)
Monday was the 150th anniversary of the battle. Over 23,000 men were killed or wounded in twelve hours on September 17th, 1862, making it the bloodiest day in American history.